Esteban Santiago, the suspected gunman in a shooting at Fort Lauderdale Airport in Florida that killed five people, once claimed that the CIA was forcing him to join ISIS.
And looking at photos of Santiago, it appears he aligned himself with the radical terrorist group.
A photo of Santiago appears to show him making a jihadist one-fingered salute while wearing a Mid-Eastern keffiyeh sometime prior to him carrying out the shooting massacre.
The 26-year-old Iraq war veteran was pictured in the photo gesturing with his index finger in a pose that has become notorious among supporters of the Islamic State.
Law enforcement officers are currently looking at whether Santiago had any links to ISIS or if he was mentally disturbed as part of their investigation into the deaths of five people in the baggage claim hall at Ft. Lauderdale airport on Friday.
The traditional Islamic gesture – which refers to the tawhid or ‘the belief in the oneness of God’ – has been widely adopted by Islamic State supporters
Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev posed in a similar stance in front of an Islamic flag in his bedroom
Santiago reportedly walked into the FBI’s office in Anchorage, Alaska and made the claim about joining ISIS. Federal law enforcement officials also said that he was undergoing treatment for mental health issues with specific complaints that he was hearing voices. After the incident at the office in Anchorage, Santiago reportedly went to a mental health facility for treatment.